Time: For one of them? Roughly 5 minutes after you get the hang of it, plus decoration.
Skills Needed: Cutting, tying, drawing
Yes, we are actually in the process of making octopus cat toys. Believe it or not, the animal shelter approved this, which greatly surprised me. If you happen to be near Chester County, PA, their website is http://www.ccspca.org/ and I can't seem to be able to make that a link so you'll just have to type it in. Anyway, they also accept the dog biscuits at http://www.naturearmy.com/2011/09/dog-biscuits-1.html which also is not a link. Oh well, that's better than being unable to post pictures like last time. Anyway, after making several blankets (no, these are human ones), and cutting out the corners, we had a lot of scraps. (By the way, that's a good idea of someone's, whoever that may be. Cut out a square from each blanket that you make with the instructions on the second post and it isn't nearly so deformed.) Anyway, I asked for the scraps and took them home in a ginormous shopping bag. Now, anyone else might make a doll blanket or a sweater for Teddy or a soft quilt to drape over your nightstand. We made octopus cat toys for the animal shelter. Here's how you do it: You'll need 2 squares of fleece, both about 6" x 6", but the size isn't too critical. One square must be somewhat light-colored, solid, and either equal to or larger than the other, which can be any old thing. You can use a handful of scraps for the other one, actually. Next, squash the any-old-thing square into a ball in the center of the other. Gather the lighter square around it and hold it like that for a while. You can twist it around to make it go faster. When you take the lighter square off, there should be a depression where the any-old-thing was. With sewing scissors, cut a sort of tentacle thing up to but not into the depression. You might actually want to cut it a bit short. Repeat this as many times as you want— even though it's an octopus, no one's going to count the tentacles, least of all the cats. When your tentacles are cut, replace the any-old-thing and, with a strip of fleece about 1/2 inch wide, tie it shut. Very securely. Twice. Now I know that at this point you will have a fully functioning cat toy. However, it's no fun unless you decorate them with permanent markers.
Aren't they just adorable? Now, I can completely understand that a lot of people might not want to do this. It's not one of our more eye-catching projects. Which is why I'm turning this into a contest. These are the rules. With two or more octopus cat toys, use props and position them accordingly. The scenes will be scored on creativity, craftsmanship on the cat toys, and the photography. You can post a comment on this post with the picture and a caption that treats the octopi like people, similarly to this:
This octopus couple enjoys a romantic candlelit dinner at a restaurant in upstate New York.
At least two of the cat toys involved must be donated, unless you have made additional one(s). Please specify whether or not you are already in the Nature Army because if nothing is written I will assume you have not joined but now are. Winners of the contest will receive bragging rights. Check back often because on March 25 (the due date) I will judge them for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The next post will include information about that. Good luck!